|Project by bobasaurus||posted 03-25-2010 05:04 AM||6707 views||9 times favorited||33 comments|
Here is my first try at making an Andy-style art box, following his great set of tutorials (available here). Since I don’t own a router table, I made the top into a square piece that sets into the regular box opening (someday I’ll have to try the nice rounded-rabbet recessed style). I think the box came out pretty well, despite a few small fumbles. The miters are tight, and the gaps at the ends of the splines are small despite using just a regular blade. The lid fits nicely into the main box, though there is a small gap at the back of the medallion. I doweled the handle into place and hand-chiseled the matching mortise in the box base. The base and handle are walnut, with hard/silver maple for the top and splines, and a padauk insert. The finish is four coats of glossy wipe-on poly applied with cheesecloth. I wrapped velvet around some 1/8” shelf-backing material for the bottom inside the box.
I’m not sure if I like the overall color balance. I forgot to buy enough walnut for both the box and the top, so I made the top from the medallion piece (maple) and did the padauk medallion instead. I’ll have to be more aware of this the next time I make a trip to the sawmill.
I built some of Andy’s jigs to help make this project. Here is the pivoting stop block jig on my miter saw:
My 10” blade can just barely cut through the 3.5” board on the 1/2” mdf.
Here is the pyramid-o-mdf for routing the medallion recession:
I apologize for my horrible picture-taking. No matter what I tried, it either came out too yellow or out of focus. Shiny objects are a hard thing to photograph.
I gave this box as a present to our secretary at work, and she really liked it. Hopefully I won’t get orders for more. Thanks a lot for your art box instructions, Andy. I learned quite a bit through this project, and have an increased desire to buy more tools (dang, I thought I quelled that urge).
Edit: Here are some more pictures my coworker took with his awesome digital SLR camera. They really bring out the proper color of the woods.
-- Allen, Colorado